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Brand new Halo: Reach details revealed

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , , on March 26, 2010 by James Love

Bungie has told CVG the improvements they’ve been making to the multiplayer component of Halo: Reach aims to make the game “frustration-free.”

Luke Smith of Bungie said “From the outset, we wanted to find a way to reward all types of Halo players.

We’ve done a great job in the past of catering to the end game, hardcore, super-dedicated player – and we have hundreds of thousands of them still playing our games every day – but we need to do a better job rewarding all types of Halo players. Player Investment in Reach is our way of achieving this goal.”

For a full list of what is being changed, head over to CVG to read the rest of the article.

Rumour: Gears of War 3 to come 2011

Posted in E3 2010, Microsoft Games Studios, Rumours, Xbox 360 with tags , on March 16, 2010 by James Love

Whilst it hasn’t been officially confirmed as yet, EDGE are reporting that Gears of War 3 is set to release next year.

A “trusted US publishing source” told EDGE that the first teaser trailer for the game should appear next month on April 8th, a year before the rumoured April 2011 launch date. A full reveal at E3 is expected.

“Microsoft’s keen to avoid a clash with Halo: Reach and wants Natal to own Christmas. That’s why we won’t be seeing Gears Of War 3 until next year, but expect a major marketing push ahead of its release,” said EDGE’s source.

Rumour: Halo: Reach coming September

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on March 15, 2010 by James Love

CVG are reporting that Halo: Reach is on course for a release this autumn according to retail sources.

Their sources have told them that a date of Tuesday 14th September has been chosen by Microsoft to release their newest Halo game, giving the game “enough time to maximise sales before CoD arrives,” said one senior trade source to CVG.

GDC 2010: New Fable III screens

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , , on March 14, 2010 by James Love

Lionhead have released some new screenshots of Fable III from GDC, and we’ve got them for you after the jump.

Fable III launches on Xbox 360 late 2010.

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Microsoft looking to bring a “large franchise” to Natal

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Project Natal, Xbox 360 with tags on February 15, 2010 by James Love

According to a job advert by Microsoft, they’re planning to bring a “large franchise” over to Natal, with the job in question relating to level design, quite possibly looking for someone to help the transition from controller input to using Natal.

You can find more info on the job after the jump.

[Thanks to CVG]

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New Alan Wake shots are wonderfully eerie

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on January 13, 2010 by James Love

Microsoft have released 8 new shots for Alan Wake. Check them out after the jump.

Alan Wake launches on Xbox 360 May 2010.

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GOONL!NE: The Game of the Year Awards 2009

Posted in 2k Games, Activision, Atari, Bethesda, Capcom, Codemasters, EA, Eidos, Final Fantasy XIII, Konami, Microsoft Games Studios, Namco Bandai Partners (Atari EU), Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Rockstar Games, SEGA, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Square Enix, Square Enix Europe (Eidos), Take Two, Ubisoft, Valve, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on December 24, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

It’s that time of year, folks.

The time where we sort the men from the boys, the wheat from the chaff and find out which is better: Coke or Pepsi? Daddy or Chips? But in our case, Uncharted 2 or Modern Warfare 2.

These are just two of the game that are in the running for Game of the Year 2009, alongside Batman: Arkham Asylum and Street Fighter IV.

We do have other awards too though, you know. So, let’s not waste any other time, and let’s get cracking. All of the awards are below.

Just one thing though: all of the staff involved in the process, both full-time and freelance, had a clean slate. They were free to pick any game that was on the consoles as their nomination. Basically, you picked Left 4 Dead 2 as a nomination in GOTY, it would also go down as your vote for GOTY. Same for all the other categories.

This could mean you may only see one game completely run away with it in one category, while it becoming very close in others.

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GOONL!NE Advent Calendar 2010: #15 – Crackdown 2

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 22, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

Nearly three years ago, Real Time Worlds released a game that’s biggest selling point was a beta code for the multiplayer beta of Halo 3. However, in it’s own right, Crackdown was a fantastic game. It showed a crazy side of open world games, not even seen in either GTA: Vice City or San Andreas.

It was just a downright bonkers game: full stop.

Now, three years later – with RTW handling the release of their PC MMO APB next year – development duties for the sequel has been handed over to upstart developer Ruffian Games, who actually pretty much consist of former RTW staff.

But can Crackdown 2 be twice the game it’s prequel was in 2007? In one simple word: yes.

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GOONL!NE Advent Calendar 2010: #12 – Alan Wake

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

There has been many games in development  for a long time, with several of them announced in 2oo5. Arguably, Gran Turismo 5 and Red Dead Redemption is two of them games, but probably the biggest of the lot is almost certainly Alan Wake.

While Gran Turismo 5 has had several demos and GT5: Prologue released, with Rockstar working on several projects before RDR, Alan Wake was probably the game that has gone MIA the most this generation. But finally, it seems, we WILL get our hands on Remedy’s new IP next year.

The question is can Alan Wake really be the game it promised to be four years ago?

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Crackdown 2 Gameplay Trailer

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 14, 2009 by James Love

First shown at the VGA’s on December 12th, we’ve got our hands on the first official gameplay trailer of Crackdown 2 for ya all!

Trailer and PR after the jump. Crackdown 2 will be on Xbox 360 sometime during the first half of 2010.

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